For the most current schedule of tours, programs, and other events hosted by the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Program and Events Guide

For volunteer workday schedules, log in Volgistics and view the calendar.


Our events have been cancelled due to Covid-19.
All winter hikes and get-togethers are cancelled until further notice.

FEBRUARY - Annual Alliance Winter Hike - Cancelled
2020: Saturday, February 1. Meet at 10 a.m. at the River Road Parking Lot. We will hike Prairie Creek Woods Loop Trail and beyond. Dress appropriately. If it snows, bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis.  Lunch to follow at Hayden's Crossing Restaurant in Wilmington. 
MARCH - Annual Alliance Spring Hike - Cancelled
2020: Sunday, March 21.  Meet at 10 a.m. at the Chicago Road Trailhead Parking Lot.  We will hike Chicago Road to Turtle pond and beyond.  Lunch to follow at the Road House Restaurant in Manhattan. 

MARCH - 2020 Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet & Silent Auction

2020 - Saturday, March 28, 2020, 4 p.m. at the Renaissance Center in downtown Joliet.  This invitation only event recognizes the many volunteers who qualified with their service times during the year with a dinner, awards and short program.  We are accepting items for the Silent Auction.  To make a donation, please contact Penny Vanderhyden at or 815)478-4913.  
JULY- Alliance/MidIA Annual Meeting & Picnic
2020 - Cancelled
2020:  Saturday, July 18, 6 p.m. Midewin volunteers, staff, friends, and family are invited to an evening potluck picnic and (very short) Alliance meeting on the Midewin Supervisor's Office back patio.  The Alliance will supply the meats/veggies and beverages.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Food served at 6 p.m., rain or shine. 
JULY- Alliance Annual Day Trip Outing 
2020 - Cancelled
2020:  Sunday, July 19.  Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center of Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.  Lunch will be at the Big Fish Restaurant in Wilmington.  After lunch, we will tour the west side of the Des Plaines Fish & Wildlife Area along the Kankakee River.  Please RSVP to Jerry Heinrich at or 815)476-6171.  
SEPTEMBER - National Public Lands Day 2020
2020 - Saturday, September 28.  Subject to change.
2019: Saturday, September 28, 8:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.  All are welcome to volunteer to help harvest seed and salvage plants, cut brush to protect historical sites and prairie remnants, or monitor streams.  Project teams fill up fast -- to RSVP contact Allison Cisneros, Midewin Project Manager at or 815)474-3808. The Alliance will provide morning refreshments.
DECEMBER - Midewin Alliance Holiday Dinner
2020 - Cancelled
2019:  Thursday, December 17, 5 p.m.  Williamson's Restaurant in New Lenox. The Alliance Board of Directors welcome Alliance members to meet them for an informal holiday dinner prior to the Board meeting.  RSVP to Jerry at or 815)476-6171.
2014 Summer Outing to Sweet Fern

2009 Summer Picnic at Iron Bridge Trailhead

The Alliance provides lunch to volunteers at NPLD.

Celebrating 15 years of volunteer service: Sally Planic and Don Grisham with Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang.